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Marine Botany

© Universität Bremen
© Universität Bremen
© Universität Bremen

The Department of Marine Botany at the University of Bremen studies ecological and physiological responses of marine algae towards environmental change. Our particular focus is on seaweeds from temperate to polar regions.

We are addressing physiological acclimation patterns under altered radiation, temperature and nutrient conditions. As the species-dependent tolerance towards environmental (stress-) factors also determines competitive success of a species in a given habitat, we are also studying changes on the community to ecosystem level. Conclusively, our studies can contribute to predict the future development of coastal ecosystems under global and regional environmental change.

In cooperation with the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) our department coordinates the long-term research program on the Biology of Arctic benthic algae at the French/German Arctic AWIPEV research station.

The Department of Marine Botany contributes to teaching in the Bachelor program of Biology, as well as the Master program Marine Biology and International Studies in Aquatic Tropical Ecology (ISATEC).


New project:

Starting on 01 November 2020 we will coordinate the new European H2020 project "FACE-IT (The Future of Arctic Coastal Ecosystems - Identifying Transitions in Fjord Systems and Adjacent Coastal Areas)"

Read the Press Release (in German only)



New publications:

Liesner D, Fouqueau L, Valero M, Roleda M, Pearson G, Bischof K, Valentin K, Bartsch I (2020) Heat stress responses and population genetics of the kelp Laminaria digitata (Phaeophyceae) across latitudes reveal differentiation among North Atlantic populations. Ecology and Evolution DOI: 10.1002/ece3.6569


Becker LR, Ehrenberg A, Bischof K, Kröncke I, Feldrappe V (2020) The role of artificial material for benthic communities–establishing different concrete materials as hard bottom environments. Marine Environmental Research DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2020.105081



Prof. Dr. Kai Bischof

NW2 A2180

Tel.: +49-(0)421-218-63050

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